I love to keep people informed about new products so here’s a quick look at the new Hevea Loop Cup. I haven’t tried it myself but I will be showing you the new cup compared to similar cups, especially low cervix models.
Hevea Loop Cup is made from natural rubber and it’s a very soft cup in firmness. Since it has a low body length (with the loop trimmed off) it definitely qualifies as a low cervix option. The cup retails for $34.95 and is available in the US.
Three Size Options
Hevea’s Loop Cup comes in three size options: Size 1, Size 2, and Size 3. The length, diameter, and capacity go up for each size.
Hevea’s own measurements list their smallest cup, the Size 1, at a very low body length of 38 mm. I am nervous about trimming the small “bulb” that the loop stem attaches to on these cups after giving them an examination. If you leave the bulb on that still leaves the smallest Hevea at 40 mm.
When you compare the cup’s entire lineup it’s a comparable length to many popular low cervix menstrual cups, like the Cotton Mermaid Guppy and JuJu Model Four.
Low Cervix Models Compared
When you use the Period Nirvana Menstrual Cup Comparison Chart and search for “low cervix” you can see all qualifying cups.
Firmness – A Soft Low Cervix Cup
What Hevea’s Loop Cup has that other low cervix models don’t is a soft body. Most low cervix models available in the US lean toward “average firm” in the body. If you experience bladder pressure or discomfort from a firmer cup and have a low cervix you’re mostly out of luck. The Hevea Cup may be worth a try if you do find you need a soft low cervix cup. Soft cups, while potentially more comfortable to wear, can be more difficult to get open inside. JuJu Model Four, an average firm cup, is shown in a squish test with the Hevea Loop Cup.
Notched Rim Design
The Hevea Loop Cup has a small singular notch on the rim as opposed to the suction holes most often found in menstrual cups. There is some contradictory messaging in the instructions that say the cup is “suction free” and “safe for IUD wearers” but in removal instructions they say to “squeeze the base to release the vacuum.” Even cups with suction holes need to have the seal broken during removal. You will also want to break the suction for the Hevea Loop Cup. All menstrual cups are safe to wear with an IUD in place as long as caution and care are exercised at removal to ensure the seal is broken and that you aren’t grabbing your strings. For a truly suction free product you can use a reusable menstrual disc, like the Nixit.
Since Hevea Loop Cups are made from natural rubber there are some differences to discuss. The appeal of natural rubber is that it’s an all natural, plant based material. This cup is made from sap tapped from hevea rubber trees. Natural rubber is biodegradable and compostable.
The lifespan of rubber seems to be less than silicone. If your rubber menstrual cup feels sticky it’s time to replace the cup. Hevea has their lifespan at 1-2 years, but it could last longer.
As with other menstrual cups, store your Hevea cup in a breathable pouch. One is included with your purchase. Wash with warm water and sterilize by boiling once per month for 3-5 minutes.
A note about inclusivity
The tagline used on the packaging is “Made by women for women.” At Period Nirvana and Period.Shop we love brands who have inclusive packaging, instructions, and imagery. This is not that. We do hope Hevea and all brands consider this for updates in the future.